The Wizards played a “home preseason game” in Kansas City to take on the defending champion Miami Heat. It wasn’t aesthetically pleasing — in fact, most of it was awful — but the Wizards won and that’s never a bad thing.
So let’s get straight to some Bullets Points:
- The start of the game was as sloppy and pathetic as you’ll ever seen, even by preseason standards. It was turnovers galore and poor defensive rotations. Luckily, A.J. Price helped turn the tide by making jump shots instead of turning the ball over.
- Monitoring the backup point guard battle: A.J. Price got the start and appears to still be the heavy favorite to start during John Wall’s absence. The battle is really between Jannero Pargo and Shelvin Mack for a roster spot. At this point, I don’t understand how Pargo could be kept over Mack. At times it looks like Jannero Pargo is more interested in trying to deflate the basketball by dribbling the ball over and over, however, Shelvin Mack didn’t play until five minutes remained in the game. Even with the limited playing time, Mack looked comfortable running the offense and did well dealing with Miami trying to trap him once he got past halfcourt. He also made two elbow jumpers.
- Martell Webster is absolutely the answer at small forward for this year’s Wizards team. He scored 21 points (8/12 FG) in 24 minutes off the bench and looked good attacking the basket. On the flip side, Trevor Ariza got the start at small forward and once again looked lifeless. At this point, Ariza should have played his way out of the rotation given how well Chris Singleton has also played.
- It was a forgettable night for Bradley Beal back in his home state of Missouri. He put an exclamation point on the win with a dunk in the final second, but he was eaten up on both ends by veteran, Dwyane Wade. It’s not all that surprising or troublesome, either; Beal is 19 years old and Dwyane Wade is an eight-time all-star. It’s gonna happen.
- Jan Vesely had 11 rebounds and posted a plus-15 in 23 minutes. So there’s that…
- I could get into Brian Cook, but I’d rather not. Here’s a few glimpses. #BrianCookAlert
- Emeka Okafor is known around the league for his defense, but had no prayer at stopping Chris Bosh early in tonight’s game. Bosh is a great talent, but Okafor has to be better than he was tonight defensively.
- Former Wizard, Rashard Lewis, went 0-for-3 from three-point range, and Wizards fans smiled ear to ear after each miss — including one air-ball.
- Going back to last season, this was the Wizards third straight win over the Heat.
- Tonight’s box score
Only one more preseason game left to go. Thank God.
See you Friday night in San Antonio.